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''Through the study of devadasi participation in temple rituals, devadasi repertoire, and rites of passage, Kersenbook-Story reveals the meaning and significance of the nityasumangali, for the Hindu tradition before the breakdown of this mythico-poetical universe. She provides a detailed analysis of the role of the devadasi in both the daily and festival temple rituals based on Sanskrit manuals, inscriptions, and informants' accounts. This fine work truly brings to light the concept of the nityasunangali and the significance of the devadasi as a representative of this element in Hindu culture.'' --- Kay K. Jordan, The Journal of Asian Studies, Feb. 1990.<br \><br \>''Kersenboom-Story has herself been schooled in Bharata-Natyam, the form of dance associated with devadasis in the temples of the Tamil country, and thus has an insider's perspective on some central devadasi performance traditions. '' --- Religious Studies Review, Vol.20, Number 4, Oct. 1994<br \><br \>''It goes to the credit of the author that she has supplemented and correlated the material on the devadasi tradition culled from literary sources with information collected from the living tradition. The book is thus a valuable addition in the field of temple worship in South India and also a contribution to sociological studies allied to this tradition.'' - --K.V. Sarma, Book Reviews

''Kersenboom-Story has herself been schooled in Bharata-Natyam, the form of dance associated with devadasis in the temples of the Tamil country, and thus has an insider's perspective on some central devadasi performance traditions. '' - --Religious Studies Review, Vol.20, Number 4, Oct. 1994

''It goes to the credit of the author that she has supplemented and correlated the material on the devadasi tradition culled from literary sources with information collected from the living tradition. The book is thus a valuable addition in the field of temple worship in South India and also a contribution to sociological studies allied to this tradition.'' - --K.V. Sarma, Book Reviews

About the Author

Dr Saskia Kersenboomk (born February 1953 Utrecht), The Netherlands) is an Associate Professor of Theatre Studies, University of Amsterdam. She studied Indology at the University of Utrecht. She obtained her PhD in Dravidology under the guidance of Prof. K.V Zvelebil. She is trained in Classical Bharata Natyam by Mrs Nandini Ramani and studied Karnatic vocal music with Shri B Krishnamoorthy.

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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass; 4 edition (2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8120815270
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120815278
  • Package Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1.6 cm
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